Historic free Folk Music Festival returns to Golden Gate Park
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by John Metcalfe
1d ago
Fans of folk music – not just listening to it, but singing and learning about it, too – should have a grand ol’ time at the 48th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival on July 13 in Golden Gate Park. The roots of the festival stretch back to the 1940s, when a group of self-described “idealistic and not very musically gifted high schoolers” formed the San Francisco Folk Music Club. The club staged the first festival in the late 1970s and it has been going strong ever since. Related Articles Music | 7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend Music | Bay Area arts: 10 great shows and con ..read more
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7 incredible Bay Area things to do this weekend, July 12-14
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by Randy McMullen
2d ago
From an R-rated film comedy about foodstuffs running the world to celebrating French food and history, there is a ton of fun awaiting us all this weekend, so let’s get to it shall we? Related Articles Things To Do | Bay Area arts: 10 great shows and concerts to catch this weekend Things To Do | Pasquale Esposito performs July 12 benefit for Family Supportive Housing Things To Do | Afro-Cuban shows ready to kick SFJAZZ Summer Sessions series Things To Do | Keeping the Dead alive: ‘It’s almost like it changes your DNA’ Things To Do | Where are they now? Tracking down 7 once-megapopula ..read more
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Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist sued for alleged wrongful death of California man
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by Hunter Lee
2d ago
The daughter of man who was fatally struck by a vehicle in Alhambra in March filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Wednesday, July 10, against the driver, a guitarist who has played with Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Josh Klinghoffer was named in the lawsuit filed by Ashley Sanchez, the daughter of 47-year-old Israel Sanchez, alleging that he was distracted when his SUV collided with her father, according to the court papers. On March 18, Israel Sanchez was on his way to the store get groceries to make soup for his family, walking in a protected crosswalk at Main Street and Meridian Ave ..read more
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Is 1974 the 3rd-best year ever for great albums? From Bob Marley to Joni Mitchell, it’s a contender
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by George Varga
2d ago
If 1972 was the greatest year ever for albums, and if 1973 was close behind, where does that leave 1974? It’s a fair question, especially since I enthusiastically wrote articles in 2022 and last year in the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Sunday Arts section singing the praises of my favorite albums of, respectively, 1972 and 1973. The answer to the question I now pose about 1974 is a tricky one. At least it is for me, since — in mid-May of that year — I graduated early from Pacific High School in San Bernardino and returned to Frankfurt, Germany, where I had lived from the age of 7 to 16. Once back ..read more
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Bay Area arts: 10 great shows and concerts to catch this weekend
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by Randy McMullen
3d ago
From a free concert by a top-flight guitarist in Concord to a folk festival in Golden Gate Park and a benefit starring Mrs. Doubtfire, there is a lot to see and do in the Bay Ares this weekend. Here is a partial roundup. Free fretboard fireworks in Concord The Bay Area has an highly impressive record as the home to many phenomenal guitarists and the blues genre has long been well-represented in this impressive collection – from John Lee Hooker to Bonnie Raitt to Tommy Castro. One of the finest blues fret magicians from these parts may not be as well known as some of his contemporaries, but he ..read more
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Jennifer Lopez sports wedding ring on Affleck-free July 4th
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by Jami Ganz
3d ago
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck spent Independence Day free of one another — though the pop star showed off her wedding ring amid their ongoing marital troubles. The “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” singer, 54, shared a carousel of Instagram snaps Thursday, showing off her straw fedora as she posed in a garden and amid a field in the Hamptons. “Happy Fourth,” the Bronx native captioned the snaps, the last of which highlighted the ring as it peeked out of her khaki pockets, as Affleck reportedly spent Independence Day in Los Angeles. Lopez’s solo photo shoot comes about a week after she and Affleck, 51 ..read more
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Jenni Rivera’s family battles over singer’s estate. ‘Money, power, greed’ tear them apart
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by Tribune News Service
3d ago
Brittny Mejia and Harriet Ryan | Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — In Jenni Rivera’s rise from Long Beach teen mother to icon of regional Mexican music, family was a constant. She titled her first album “Somos Rivera”— We are Rivera. It was released in 1992 on a label her parents started in their garage. Her five children were the center of her life on stage and off. Their antics and affection on the reality show “I Love Jenni,” broadcast on Telemundo’s Mun2 channel, had the vibe of Spanglish-speaking Kardashians. Nearly a dozen years after Rivera perished in a plane crash in Mexico, her t ..read more
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Joe Bonsall dies at 76; beloved singer in country group the Oak Ridge Boys
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by The Associated Press
4d ago
By Maria Sherman and Kaitlyn Huamani | Associated Press Joe Bonsall, Grammy award winner and celebrated tenor of the country and gospel group the Oak Ridge Boys, died Tuesday. He was 76. Bonsall died from complications of the neuromuscular disorder Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, according to a statement from representatives of his family. “Joe loved to sing. He loved to read. He loved to write,” the statement read. “He loved to play banjo. He loved working on the farm. And he loved the Philadelphia Phillies. But Jesus and his family always came first — and we will see him again ..read more
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Eric Roberts weighs in on Emma Roberts’ Nepo baby complaints
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by Martha Ross
4d ago
With a new movie coming out, Emma Roberts is giving another round of interviews in which she blasts the “nepo baby” label and strongly denies that she gained career advantages in Hollywood by being the niece of mega-star Julia Roberts or the daughter of veteran film and TV actor Eric Roberts. “I’ve lost more jobs than I’ve gained from being in the business,” Roberts told Flaunt magazine. “People have opinions and sometimes maybe they’re not good opinions of people in your family. I’ve never gotten a job because of it, I know. I definitely have lost a couple of jobs because of it.” Roberts ..read more
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Afro-Cuban shows ready to kick SFJAZZ Summer Sounds series
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by Andrew Gilbert
4d ago
Cuban musicians have been dispersed around the world for more than half a century while seeking freedom and opportunity, but the family-like ties binding them together endure. Those ties and brilliant music will be on hand when SFJAZZ kicks off its Summer Sessions with a block of Cuban programming, including a stylistically diverse array of artists encompassing classical music, traditional Afro-Cuban idioms and jazz. The musicians share relationships going back generations. Carrying the pre-revolutionary musical torch reignited by the Buena Vista Social Club album and documentary in the mid-19 ..read more
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